Fury - Recap Review


What's good

- Consistently good performances by the main- as well as supporting cast
- Some emotionally strong and fittingly disturbing scenes
- Nice action scenes
- Great score underlining the grim atmosphere of war

What's bad

- Pretty much no truely likable character among the protagonist cast whatsoever
- Very muddled, inconsistent character development (primarily of the protagonist Norman)
- Ultimately very basic and unexceptional storyline and outcome
- Lack of a clear and distinct message/moral  


- That shoehorned in Deus Ex Machina ending that's supposed to show that there's still humanity left in soldiers even during war, *SPOILER* yet after we already witnessed protagonist Norman going from pacifist to full-on Nazi hater over the course of the movie...one word: unconvincing *SPOILER END*.

The Verdict

Whereas its production values and overall presentation are definitely impressive, Fury's well pulled-off desperate and grim atmosphere are pretty much pointless when the movie itself doesn't bring anything new to the table to support it. Especially considering how many war movies already depicted the horrors of WWII in so many possible ways, details and messages, it gets clear that Fury is unfortunately a technically very well made yet entirely aimless war movie.
With that said, though there are indeed great performances to see that give way to some disturbing and intense moments during the story, the actual story itself is very unexceptional and lacks a definite message it wants to tell its audience. This is mostly due to the movie's lackluster script. Featuring a cast of protagonist characters that are pretty much entirely dislikable (all the way from Brad Pitt to Shia LaBeouf), viewers might come to the thought that the movie might try to deliver a bigger message through such characters in the end...yet ultimately such a "bigger" message simply isn't there. And that's really unfortunately so, seeing that occasionally some dialogue is actually quite well written yet sadly just leading to nowhere. Making Fury's aimless nature the most obvious is especially the movie's forced-in Deus Ex Machina ending after the final climactic battle scene, which feels like director David Ayer forgot that he actually had to make a point with his war movie.

Fury is well produced and filled with good performances and some nice action scenes, yet sacrifices most of it through its lack of any likable characters to care about and its missing own message about war (aside from "war is ugly"). 
At best, Fury will be remembered as "that war movie with Brad Pitt in a tank", but other than that, it's probably as formulaic and forgettable as Hollywood WWII movies get.   

Final Verdict: 4 out of 10

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